What Are Garlic Scapes?
Garlic is classified as either softneck or hardneck. Hardneck garlic, which is generally grown in the north, forms curly flower stalks called scapes and can be used to make a fantastic garlic scape pesto.
The garlic scapes will eventually go to seed and may be used to plant new garlic. But it is generally recommended that these be removed to allow all the energy to concentrate on the growth of the garlic bulb.
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If left on the plant, the curly stem forms a seed head. Cutting, or snapping off the scapes when they are young provides a wonderful, tender vegetable with a mild garlic flavor. They may be chopped and stir fried, or left whole like asparagus.
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Garlic Scape Pesto or Dip
- 2 cups fresh young garlic scapes chopped
- 3/4 cups grated parmesan cheese
- 3/4 cups olive oil
- 2 tablespoons pine nuts
- Blend all ingredients until smooth in a food processor.
- Serve over cooked pasta, or as a dip.
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